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South Africa’s agricultural trade surplus up 20% y/y in Q1, 2024

Written by Wandile Sihlobo, Chief Economist at Agbiz The collaboration between Transnet, organized business and agriculture sector stakeholders to improve efficiency at South African ports must continue. Efficient logistics are the lifeblood of South African agriculture and other exporting sectors of the economy. Admittedly, the deciduous fruit industry faced numerous challenges at the port of […]

Sweet sorghum is a hardy, nutritious, biofuel crop that offers solutions in Southern Africa

Written by Hamond Motsi, Stellenbosch University The southern African region is battling with drought at present. This is the result of El Niño, a natural climate cycle characterised by changes in Pacific Ocean temperatures. It has effects on global weather patterns, particularly rainfall and temperature. The drought has hit the region’s agricultural productivity hard. Malawi, […]

What South Africa can learn from the 2023 Avian Influenza outbreaks

Press release The FairPlay movement hosted a webinar on 15 May to discuss the lessons learned from the 2023 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreaks. The forum included several representatives from government and industry, namely: Dr Adri Grobler, Chief State Veterinarian at Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; Dr Ziyanda Majokweni–Qwalela, Deputy Director of […]

A shared South African industry-government vision makes for promising economics

For the fresh fruit industry of South Africa, going solo and operating in silos are as outdated as relying on a horse and cart to get around, says Fhumulani Ratshitanga, CEO Fruit South Africa (FSA). “The R63 billion export-oriented fresh fruit industry of South Africa relies heavily on specific services by the South African Government. […]

Syngenta showcases the food value chain

South Africa and Africa’s future depends on food security and safety, and what better way to bring the message home than by showcasing the outcome of farm-to-plate food production at the country’s biggest agriculture show. This was the thinking behind the Syngenta Boerekos Plaaskombuis at NAMPO 2024. Christian Giesel, Head of Marketing for Syngenta South […]

BRICS+ offers an opportunity to lift South Africa’s agricultural exports

Written by Wandile Sihlobo, Chief Economist at Agbiz Export opportunities for South Africa’s agricultural products are opening up within BRICS+ countries. Over the past two years, China, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Egypt have widened market access for various agricultural products from South Africa. Admittedly, Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have recently […]

South Africa’s agricultural policy after the elections

Written by Wandile Sihlobo, Chief Economist of the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz) Recent electoral polls continue to suggest that no single political party will win an outright majority in South Africa’s 2024 national elections due to take place on 29 May. This creates uncertainty regarding the national government, which will emerge from […]

Digitising water services can gain back millions for municipalities

Xylem Press release Digital services radically enhance managing water infrastructure, and municipalities use them to increase revenues and improve service delivery. Over a century ago, steam was the engine behind the Industrial Revolution, powering mining pumps, trains carrying goods and people, and factory machines. Back then, a massive drive shaft would run through a factory […]